[at040] Ink SoundSketches
Avelino Saavedra is a multidisciplinary artists currently living in Valencia, Spain. His work ranges from ink drawings to sound performance, video and painting. Musically trained as a drummer, Saavedra has been involved since many years in various projects of free improvisation, jazz, performing arts, noise and experimentation. Collaborations include pieces with well known spanish performer BartolomÃ© Ferrando, Truna and MartÃ Guillem (AttA). Currently he is involved in the improvisation ensemble created at La Clinica Mundana, La Orquesta Mundana, a joint of various experimental musicians from Valencia. The very specificity of Saavedraâs sound is based on the usage of infinite variety of instruments, objects and materials. He builds his own flutes and collects anything that can produce a sound.
His work is mainly based on analogue equipment. His personal process of work involves recording live and realtime processing of sound through loops, pedals, and analogue effects. Therefor the very nature of Saavedra sound is based on organicity and intuition passing through postproduction and editing, Saavedra delivers sound sketches that are unique. On live concerts heâs working under the same premises providing to his live performance with a big charge of unexpectancy.
Luckily I had the opportunity to hear Saavedra live many times in Valencia and the consistency of his approach is widely regarded a a fresh and active performance in which the listener is always paying attention to Saavedraâs movements.
After a few months of preparation he delivers this Ink Soundsketches, the first CC licensed album by this Galician artist. Ink Soundsketches is a gathering of various live recordings done at home in which Saavedra explores the compositional possibilities that can arise from various Eastern traditional instruments, oscillators, pedals and reverbs.
Instead of using a bast palette of instruments and sound objects Ink Soundsketches is a close up to a few instruments that Saavedra controls and tweaks its sounds building drones, pads; always splattered with sound textures pulled out through a process of learning and understanding the nature of those instruments.